Jets defenceman Morrissey suspended one game for hit on Wild's Staal

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To make matters worse, moments later, Morrissey earned an assist on Mark Scheifele's opening goal of the game, which turned out to be the Game Four victor.

The Jets lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Morrissey was not penalized on the play and Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau said after Game 4 that he believes that non-call was the difference in his team's 2-0 loss. "I was glad he was able to come back and play the rest of the game". "Based on what I've seen for (plays that) were either suspended or fined for a stick that didn't hit the head, and some of these others have, there's no intent". Morrissey had a hearing with the league's department of player safety Wednesday.

Morrissey later assisted on the Jets' first goal near the end of the first period, and also broke up a clear scoring chance by Wild forward Nino Niederreiter in the second period.

As for Morrissey, the Jets defenceman said the act was simply accidental.

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Staal told reporters a referee had apologized to him, but that meant nothing. He cross-checked me in the neck. Why would I want an apology?

"There's a penalty there, and very most you might look at a fine", he said.

I think the one-game ban is fair and warranted. He led Minnesota in points (76) and goals (42) this season. Morrissey logged 22:19 of ice time on Tuesday night.

The Wild have been playing without top players Zach Parise (fractured sternum) and Ryan Suter (ankle surgery).

Morrissey will not be eligible for Game 5 at Winnipeg on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N).

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